Eight-year-old girl runs every day for cousin who died of cancer

Maggie with her cousin Joey <i>(Image: Byron Geldard)</i>
Maggie with her cousin Joey (Image: Byron Geldard)

A determined girl has raised money for a cancer charity with her endurance efforts after her cousin died of cancer.

Eight-year-old Maggie took on the challenge of walking or running every day for a month and raised over £2,000 for Young Lives vs Cancer in memory of her cousin Joey, who died in September this year.

Joey died of a rare brain tumour in September at seven years old.

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Once back in the UK – having lived abroad at the time of his diagnosis – his family had been supported by charity Young Lives vs Cancer.

The charity’s social worker offered support throughout Joey’s treatment in the UK and continues to be there now for the family too.

Maggie’s mum, Hannah, said: “The social worker, Grace, gave a lot of time and support to help them navigate treatment and services as well as support to the wider family, which included advice to us as Maggie’s parents and school to help her cope with the situation.

“She also came to Joey’s memorial service which was very appreciated and moving.”

Byron Geldard, Young Lives vs Cancer Fundraising Manager said: “Massive well done to Maggie for her incredible achievement, she is an inspiration.

“I want to thank all of the family for all of their support for the charity, the incredible amount of money raised will help us to continue being there for children and young people with cancer and their families.”

If you want to make a donation to Maggie’s page you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Wiseman2


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

Get in touch with him by emailing: Matthew.norman@newsquest.co.uk

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